March 30, 2016 

From the President...


Your are invited to...

Mableton Improvement Coalition's Annual Meeting
Tomorrow night!  March 31, 2016 at 7pm
620 Lions Club Drive, Mableton

The agenda includes:
  • Cityhood Feasibility Studies, presented by Georgia State University
  • Election of 5 members of MIC's 11-member Board of Directors (more info...)
  • Introduction of Major Stuart VanHoozer, the new commander of our Cobb County Police Precinct
  • Updates on zoning, parks, community gardening, volunteer opportunities and more!
If you haven't already renewed your MIC membership - or you'd like to join for the first time - please click here

I hope to see you tonight. Also, you can always feel free to give me a call or send  me an email - I'm always ready to talk about Mableton!
Joel Cope
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MIC President
(404) 550-0475 

Free Gun Safety Classes
April 7th at 6pm
Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren is offering several free firearms safety and education classes. Each program will include a general overview of firearms types, gun safety tips, information on how to obtain a Georgia weapons license, information on use of deadly force and what to expect during an active shooter situation. There will be plenty of time for questions and free gun safety locks will be provided. RSVP for the class in Mableton on April 7th from 6 to 8pm at the South Cobb Community Center, 620 Lions Club Drive. Click here for information on other dates and locations.

Financial Assistance for Seniors
Apply Now
Cobb Senior Services staff is now accepting applications for financial assistance to help low income seniors 60 years old and older who are experiencing financial difficulties. Seniors may be eligible to receive limited financial help for delinquent rent, dental assistance, prescription assistance and utility assistance. Participants must be Cobb County residents and meet income and age guidelines. Restrictions apply and an application appointment is required. For more information, call 770-528-5364.

Cobb County Assembling List of Potential Park Properties
Deadline in April 15th
Thanks to the tireless work of greenspace advocates, Cobb County has begun compiling a list of properties to be purchased with bond proceeds approved by the voters in 2008, before the Great Recession. While the amount of funds available is still uncertain, the process is under way. Your help is needed to make sure potential property in Mableton and South Cobb is considered.

You have the power to increase our greenspace, provide wellness trails, promote our community spirit, and make Mableton a destination for new families and companies.  Click here and go to Cobb PARKS where you can nominate a property that you think would be a wonderful addition to our community and preserve greenspace.  Please nominate your prospective park by April 15th!

Questions? Contact  Meggan Delano, MIC Parks Committee Co-chair.

Zoning Update
Completed in March...
Unique International Auto, LLC's application to rezone their property at  5835 Powell Drive zoning sign small  (Z-4) from R-20 to Heavy Industrial for used car sales, auto storage yard and offices was denied by the Board of Commissioners. The MIC Board voted to oppose this application because the property is located in an NAC and is too small for such an intense use. 

A variance (V-40) was approved for  7040 Mableton Parkway so that the ice manufacturing business located there can expand. The MIC Board was successful in securing stipulations that should improve the appearance of the property.

Coming up in April...

The rezoning application for  Aldridge Grading and Trucking Co. is expected to be heard when the Planning Commission meets on April 1st. Aldridge is requesting rezoning for  86 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-5) from R-20 to NRC. The MIC Board voted to oppose this application because it would expand a light industrial type use in a Neighborhood Activity Center. Additionally, the property is close to a thriving day care center and Lindley Middle School.  

Also continued until April 1st was the hearing for  Hilltop Shopping Center  (Z-11) located at 1391 Veterans Memorial Highway . The owner has applied for zoning and also for a Special Land Use Permit for self-storage. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral on the rezoning, so long as the appearance and security of the property are upgraded. The Board further voted to oppose the self-storage application because the information needed to understand the security and traffic aspects of the self storage had not been provided.
The application for the KOK warehouse at  281 Veterans Memorial Highway (Z-14) to be rezoned from Office/Storage to Light Industrial is also expected to be heard on April 1st. The MIC Board voted to remain neutral, so long as the appearance of the property is improved and the zoning category can remain Office/Storage, with exceptions for several specific uses.

Coming up in May...

An application has been filed for residential senior living (supported) at 4426 and 4436 Floyd Road (Z-39). The plan is for 104 units in a multistory building, with activities and services for residents 55 and older. MIC has met with the applicant and talked with nearby residents as well.
Elite Auto Collision has re-filed an application to allow them to use 380 Veterans Memorial Highway for their auto body repair business. MIC will talk with the attorney handling this case to learn of any updates since the previous application was withdrawn.

Questions? Opinions? Want to get involved? Contact Robin Meyer, MIC Zoning Committee Chair.

Time to Plant Your Garden!
Plots Available in MIC's Community Garden
MIC's community garden has small and large plots available for the 2016 growing veg garden season. The Historic Mableton Community Garden is located at 5178 Floyd Road, across from the Mable House Complex. Small plots are $35 per year and large plots are $95 per year. You can grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs - and have fun doing it.

Community gardening is more than planting and harvesting. It's a chance to get to know your community and neighbors, learn more about gardening and teach others, too. If you are interested, please email Terri Carter and plan to come by the Garden on Saturday, April 2nd between 11am and 12:30pm. More information is available on MIC's website.

Here's a great resource, whether you are gardening with MIC or at home. The Cobb County Extension Service will present "Gardener's Night Out - Planning your Spring Vegetable Garden on Tuesday, April 12th at 7pm at the South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton.  Large or small, your garden will benefit when you know more about preparing the soil, when to plant, how to fertilize and how to manage succession planting. The session will be presented by Sandra Moore, Master Gardener. For more information, call (770) 528-4070.

The Theatre Project Presents Mary Poppins
Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th
The beloved family musical, Mary Poppins, will be presented by The Theatre Project at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre here in Mableton. The Theatre Project gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to hone their performing arts skills while providing great entertainment for the community. The music of Mary Poppins is famous! Come see the story behind it and see Mary Poppins fly across the stage.
Performances are Friday, April 15th at 7pm, Saturday, April 16th at 2pm and 7pm, and Sunday, April 17th at 5pm. Tickets are $8; kids 12 and under are free. VIP tables that seat 6 are $60. Call (770) 819-3265 for information. Tickets are available at the Amphitheatre box office and through Ticketmaster. More information here.

Couponing in the Digital Age
Tuesday, April 19th at 6:30pm
Couponing is a great way to save money and even get cash back. It's a popular hobby and the subject of television shows. Learn how to organize and use coupons to cut your shopping budget and even get free items. This is one of a four-part series of demonstrations and educational classes hosted by Cobb County's Extension Service as part of Family and Consumer Science Month.

The workshop will be held at the South Cobb Regional Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton from 6:30pm to 8pm. For additional information, call 770-528-4070. Information about other Extension Service programs is available here.

HOA Boot Camp
Saturday, April 23rd at 10am
The Cobb County HOA Alliance will present "HOA Boot Camp" with panel discussions on house-yard-sm.jpg topics ranging from understanding county policies and procedures to homeowners' rights.  The Georgia HOA Alliance was founded to empower homeowners via the sharing of information from association to association.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am to 2pm at the Riverside EpiCenter, 135 Riverside Parkway, Austell. Admission is free for participants.  Click here to learn more.

Register to Vote!
Deadline is April 26th
Are you registered to vote? If not, you still have time to get it done before the voter registration statewide primary election in May. In order to vote then, you must register by April 26th.  Click here to learn how.

This is an important election, in which Democrats and Republicans will select their candidates for county commission chairman, county school board, state senators and representatives, and members of the U.S. Congress. In races with candidates from only one party, the winner of the primary election will take office. 

If you are unsure about your registration status, visit the state's  My Voter Page. Here you can also check to see what district you live in and understand who you will be voting for.

Mableton Day is Saturday, May 14th
8am to 4pm at the Mable House Complex
The 11th Annual Mableton Day will kick off with the Mableton Day 5K and Fun Run and include entertainment, vendors, a car show, kids corner, and fun for the whole family. Nonprofit organizations and schools are already competing for grant funds, which will be awarded that day. Mark your calendar now and don't miss this great event.

Everyone is invited to monthly Mableton Day Community meetings, designed to bring more people into the planning process for the event. The next meeting is Monday, April 11th at 7pm at the South Cobb Library, 805 Clay Road in Mableton. 

For more information, visit the Mableton Day website or contact the organizers via  email.

New Businesses in Mableton
8am to 4pm at the Mable House Complex
During March, 2016, twenty-six new Mableton businesses submitted a request for their business_icon.jpg business licenses from Cobb County. They are: Childs Derrick - FRAM Group Operations, LLC; Double R Transport, LLC; Estes Sanita - Pretty in Pink /Angels Sofcare, LLC; Instituto Politecnico de Atlanta, LLC; Reliable Automotive Group, LLC; Sons Expectations, LLC; A Craftsmans Eye; Felto's Faith Used Autos Inc.; Harmonic Homes, LLC; Harris Restine A1 Cab Company; Jackies Special Gifts; Markland Auto Brokers, LLC; Royal Sweets Clothing, LLC; Sweet Crystals; Synexe Consulting Navispond, LLC; TJK Services; Bienbenue Fashion Botique; Closer View Services; Feltonz Flutterz, Inc.; Genteel Professional Staffing Atennev Designs, LLC; Mackey Ladonna Jrs. Taxi; Georgia Indoor Athletics, LLC; Vamani Auto; Girls of Distinction; Inventiv Health - Inventive Commercial Services; Private Chef,Social Butterfly Catering Services, LLC
 Click here  for more information compiled from the county's website. A warm welcome to these new companies.

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